Rubbings from a Live Man is a semi-dramatised biography performed by the subject himself — theatre legend Warwick Broadhead. Broadhead recounts his dramatic life story through vignettes featuring his characters. This collaboration with Florian Habicht represents one of the only times Broadhead's performances were captured on film. He describes his upbringing as a lot of cover up and pretence. "Then I went into the world of theatre," he says, "which is cover-up and pretence." Broadhead passed away in January 2015, having predesigned a memorable funeral.
A man of epic, soaring, operatic vision.– Sunday Star-Times
Live Man Films
Made with assistance from the New Zealand Film Commission.
Music composed and produced by Marc Chesterman
Soundtrack also includes music by Arvo Pärt, and performances by Jeff Henderson